10th (or 11th) Grade Reading List: American Literature

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Familiarity with the classics of U.S. literature helps students maintain fluency and their reading level, and encourages independent reading. Certain titles appear frequently on high-school reading lists for 10th grade (or 11th) American literature study. 

Literature programs vary by school district and relative reading level, but these titles occur regularly across the country. Most general-literature programs include literature from other cultures and time periods; this list focuses exclusively on authors considered representative of American writers.

Besides being a solid reading list for high-school students, these American classics offer insight into American character and offer a shared cultural language even for adults. A well-read U.S. citizen will be familiar with most or all of these great books.